This webinar highlighted NDTAC’s recently released Making It Count: Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction for Students in Short-term Facilities (2nd ed.). Two of the authors, Dr. Peter Leone and Dr. Carolyn Fink, provided an overview of the publication which is designed primarily to assist practitioners in their efforts to implement research-based, effective mathematics instruction in short-term facilities serving youth detained in juvenile corrections or other residential facilities for periods of 90 days or less. A secondary audience includes local juvenile justice facilities program coordinators, facility administrators, and State Title I, Part D coordinators.
The guide provides recommendations, strategies, and examples for teachers that increase the likelihood that students will become more proficient at understanding mathematics and applying existing and emerging skills.
The recommendations focus on:
- engaging students,
- assessing and monitoring students,
- teaching students, and
- developing an infrastructure at juvenile justice facilities to support high-quality learning opportunities.
In addition to Dr. Leone and Dr. Fink, this webinar also featured educators who are implementing one or more of the recommendations and strategies found in the guide as well as provide a list of resources for additional support.